A Little History
This project was established, in January 2000, with European Union ADAPT funding to provide an appropriate programme of training and development for the staff of MPs, at Westminster and in the constituencies. Innovative training programmes and resource facilities were piloted at Westminster and constituencies.
Best-selling author Dick Robinson, who worked in a constituency office for 9 years, wrote much of the website’s original content. He is assisted by Karen Lawrinson who is maintaining the website on a day-to-day basis. The site was built and is managed by Bill Thompson.
Gerry Hall keeps the Jobs site in working order. Several other people contribute from time to time and the website has also benefited from collaboration with others, including many other MPs’ staff from all parties.
Until 31 August 2003 the project was paid for from House funds and operated in partnership with the Industry and Parliament Trust. The maintenance of the website is now funded directly by the Resources Department of the House of Commons.
In September 2005 Bill took over as site editor, with Dick remaining in charge of job ads and taking an executive role. A separate Jobs site, w4mpjobs, was launched in early 2012, and a separate Training site went live in Spring 2012.
After nearly ten years w4mp.org moved to a new server running on the popular and powerful WordPress platform in 2012 and was completely redesigned in January 2015.
The current iteration has most of the material from the older sites. If you can’t find what you are looking for then the older pages remain accessible here although they may not be properly formatted and are no longer current, so you should not rely on the information they contain.
Please let us know of any issues you have with the site, or any errors/omissions you notice.
Get In Touch
Please do not hesitate to contact us with any suggestions or comments – details as follows:
Ask a Question:
If you want to change details on a job ad it is fastest to email firstname.lastname@example.org
Feedback on the site:
Use the Feedback Form
In an emergency (and we mean something urgent) you can reach the editor, Bill Thompson, on +44 7711 557361
A large number of people have contributed to the creation of the material on this website. It was always intended to be a cross-party production and so it is, with input not only from the staff of MPs but from House of Commons staff as well.
Particular thanks are due to: Clive Burrows, Richard Chapman, Richard Clarke, Rob Clements, Starbuck Coleman, Maureen Cook, Neil Crawley, Melissa Crawshay-Williams, Carys Davis, Kim Dewdney, Sally Duncan, Maureen Fitzhenry, Kevin Flack, Rachel Flagg, Lynn Fletcher, Katie Fuller, Sara Garnham, Amina Gual, Gerry Hall, Andy Harrop, David Haselhurst, Diane Hill, Mark Hudson, Anne Humbles, Georgie Jessiman, Neil Johnston, Mike Kelly, Alex King, Jo Latham (née Holland), Karen Lawrinson, Larry Leaf, Andrew Learmonth, Samantha Mackewn (née Gore), Kirsty McAskill, Veronica Martell, Alison McGovern, Fiona Mellersh (Syms), Jessica Metheringham, Matt Morrison, Kurt Mueller, Ellie Mumford Smith (née Dusic), Helen Newton, Keith Parry, Emily Pluckrose, Luke Pollard, Chris Pond, Paul Redfern, Richard Robinson, Chris Sear, Liz Shannon, Sadie Smith, Tim Snowball, Liz Stephen, Alex Swallow, Richard Thomas, Maxim Thompson, James Tobin, Rosie Turner, Helen Undy, Luke Waterfield, Shirley-Ann Weir, Ceri White, Heather Wood and Erik Zimmerman.
And if you find typos or mistakes or things that are just plain wrong, we won’t be offended if you point them out to us.